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While in Canada, do as the Canadians do. Eh? And B

I recently spent some time in Canada, mainly Toronto.  Although I’ve been there many times before, this time I really saw it for what it is:  a wonderful, bustling city full of people, lots of dogs, bicyclists, skateboarders, roller bladers, parks, homeless people, Pizza Pizzas, Starbucks and Tim Hortons. And an extremely steep hill in the Canadian domain section of the zoo.

If you ever plan to visit, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

The weather was great.  Not too hot.  A little breezy.  I did a double take when the guy on the radio suddenly blurted out, “…and it’s a balmy 29 degrees…”.  then remembered I was somewhere in Canada…

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Weirdest experience while driving in Canada:  going 90 on the 401 and getting passed–by a COP!

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Driving tip if staying in the more central part of Yonge Street:  since you are in the less congested part of Yonge, don’t knock yourself out going back through all that congestion to get to the QEW.  Just continue on through the “good” part of Yonge until you get to 401.  It may be a little longer, maybe more out of the way and less scenic, but, like I said, there is less congestion and it still gets you out of the city.

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Anyone who has ever visited Boston and has drove along Storrow Drive would appreciate the view along Lakeshore Blvd in Toronto.  Very nice.

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If you visit the zoo, which I highly recommend, don’t bother with the Canadian Domain area.  As I said, the hill is extremely steep, and the only way out of the area is to go back UP the hill.  I mainly wanted to see the moose, who is located at the very end of the path.  And I couldn’t even see him because he was hiding in the bushes.  Damn moose.  I’ll just go to New Hampshire to see one.  And don’t forget to see the pandas.  They are only there until 2018!

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Sunnybrook Park is a very nice place to go for a walk.  It was conveniently located near the condo we were staying in.

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The Miller may be a bit pricey but still a very nice place to enjoy getting together with old friends for a drink and a meal.

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Got to hear lots of music by Canadian artists I’ve never heard before.  Many of who I hope to never hear again.  Martha and the Muffins anyone?

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We do have a few Tim Horton’s south of the border, but Dunkin Donuts outnumbers them big time.  That’s probably why the clerk at Tim Horton’s looked at me like I had three heads when I asked for a Dunkacchino and then tried to pay with my DDPerks card.  But TimHo’s frozen hot chocolate rocks!

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I’m fascinated by the Beer Store.  Imagine.  An entire store full of beer.  In New England we call those “packies”.

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I’ve noticed how much heavier my wallet is while in Canada.  It’s not that I have more money, although the exchange rate is pretty good right now.  It’s just that Loonies and Toonies weigh a hell of a lot more than paper.  The new Canadian paper money is so much thinner but still so colorful.

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A morning view of the Toronto skyline from the balcony of the condo.
A morning view of the Toronto skyline from the balcony of the condo.
view of CN Tower while driving into the city
view of CN Tower while driving into the city
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I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!

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